Swedish painter Mamma Andersson works between domestic interiors and the Nordic landscape, often layering imagery to create subtly haunting, dreamlike atmospheres. Drawing from a variety of sources, from the narrative suggestions of filmic imagery to the physical space of theatrical sets, Andersson employs disjointed perspectives and mismatched spatial relationships to create a sense of the otherworldly. Her palette is seductive and muted, applied in both soft washes and thick brushstrokes, and sometimes entirely absent, with blank areas left on the surface of the painting. The works often include windows, reflections, and depictions of other paintings, further destabilizing the spaces she paints. In all of the work, there is an implication of ambiguous narrative where the familiar is made strange.
Andersson’s exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum is her first one-person museum exhibition in the United States and will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue.
Mamma Andersson’s recent exhibitions include a critically acclaimed mid-career survey at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden, which traveled to Taidehalli Kunsthalle, Helsinki and Camden Arts Center, London; Grafikens Hus, Mariefred, Sweden; and the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. She was included in the exhibition Devil May Care at the Nordic Pavilion at the 2003 Venice Biennale, and in 2006 she was the recipient of the Carnegie Art Award, with a corresponding exhibition, which traveled extensively through Europe. In the United States, her work is in the collection of the Dallas Museum of Art; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and in Sweden, Göteborgs Konstmuseum; Malmö Konstmuseum; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.